These are the short spires in between the Gateway Rocks. They nearly touch, but one is bright red and the other is white and the rock quality is totally different. The White Twin Spire has one of the most popular moderates in the park, and there is some bouldering on the Red Twn Spire, as well as some routes that stay in the shade.
Addendum: to help make this subarea work with the L->R sorting, we've split this into the Red and White Twins.
From the main parking lot, walk on the paved trail in between the Gateway Rocks. The Twin Spires are obvious and have a paved trail circling their bases. You belay from the sidewalk.
This route is located on the west side of White Spire in the center of the Garden. It follows the line of the protection and is listed at a 5.8 in my guidebook, although it would definitely feel harder on lead due to the zig-zag nature of the route. There are three manky looking pins on the west face if you are wanting to lead this climb. The first pin is on the left of the face about 15 feet up and the second pin is to its right and another 15 feet up. Both of these pins are obvious from th...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
I wouldn't ever want to lead this (but then I am a wuss). I climbed this one in the dark a few summers ago & have had a thing for the route ever since. This is a route that anyone who climbs white spire should do at least once - one of these days I'll have to get up the north face.
The jump from white to red is very simple there is a ledge to land on...it is heady, the red to white is the hard jump, because it is easy to go to far. Lots of people have done the jumps. I have done both.
Gear Alert - see my photo above - one of the three pitons on the anchor for the Red Spire has come out. The other two seem fine, but given the amount of traffic here, perhaps we should get this fixed. Stewart - wanna take me up there with you to get this done?
Jim Dunn and I replaced the anchor piton the other day. I placed a 5/8-inch sleeve bolt on the west side of the summit and drilled another hole to put a glue-in Petzl bolt in next week. It was pretty jingus with just the two old pitons on top.